Comments on: What Europeans envy about the American political process http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/11/what-europeans-envy-about-the-american-political-process/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Murfalad http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/11/what-europeans-envy-about-the-american-political-process/#comment-1128648 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:48:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=46291#comment-1128648 The EU is dead politically, just a growing bureaucracy that is imposing rule that does not benefit much of its constituent nations.

Politically as an Englishman I do envy the US political process, here we have a political process that all but guarantees that the incumbent or the challenger will get into office. So when both government and opposition do not offer what the people want there is little interest in the democratic process, large areas of the electorate go unrepresented.

This cannot go on forever though, we are becoming balkanised, for example we now have the growing Muslim areas in the UK which will elect ethnically Pakastani MP’s and want a very different government to the majority of the UK. With our political system a small but united minority will have significant power, if the electorate do not have a common vision for what they want then bad things will happen to the disenfranchised ones.

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By: euro-yank http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/11/what-europeans-envy-about-the-american-political-process/#comment-1128050 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:35:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=46291#comment-1128050 Balderdash! As an American who has lived and worked in Europe for over 25 years, I have never met a European (politician or otherwise) who envies the non-stop US election cycle. The sheer amount of money necessary to make a run for power sullies the system and watching the demagogue Trump attempting to bully the country into voting for him is cringeworthy.

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By: Solidar http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/11/what-europeans-envy-about-the-american-political-process/#comment-1127945 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:36:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=46291#comment-1127945 Huckabee walks away fed and stroked. He’s a nobody, and this cost him nothing.

This is true of all these clowns. There is no “risk” to running. Just a lot of fancy hotel stays and jet trips to suck-up clubs.

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By: VSWilsonCanessa http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/11/what-europeans-envy-about-the-american-political-process/#comment-1127937 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:56:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=46291#comment-1127937 The great “secret” is expressly stated in the preamble of the US Constitution in very simple but very great terms:

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The spirit behind those words created the worlds oldest living Constitution and the simplicity and institutions behind those words have created some of the world’s oldest and most enduring institutions.

That is missing in Europe, therefore a United States of Europe is unlikely.

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